In 1973, a young Jimmy McGill is working (or pretending to work) in his father's store, while secretly reading a Playboy magazine. A customer comes in and asks Jimmy's father for some loose change and medicine, since he's got a sick kid. Jimmy, watching the customer, immediately deduces that the customer is actually a con man looking to steal money from the till. He tries to tell his father, but Charles Sr. refuses to listen to Jimmy. When Charles Sr. goes to the back to get the item the customer is looking for, Jimmy approaches the cash register to handle the man. After receiving his money, the con man tells Jimmy, "There are wolves and sheep in this world, kid. Wolves and sheep. Figure out which one you're gonna be." He then leaves the store. As Charles Sr. returns with parts to help fix the con man's "broken down" car, Jimmy, watching his father follow the customer outside, quietly begins stealing money from the register.
In the present day, Jimmy sits on a bench in the courthouse lobby, doodling out something on a notepad. Moments later, Mike Ehrmantraut shows up.
In the district attorney's office, Mike delivers the amended statement that Hector Salamanca had requested him to make. However, the district attorney questions why Mike is doing so, explaining that only Tuco's prints were on the gun and not Mike's. Jimmy provides a dodgy answer, leading the district attorney to conclude that Mike has been threatened into changing his story. They've been trying to put Tuco in prison for years and the gun makes all the difference. Jimmy promises to make Mike available for the defense should the D.A. charge Tuco. When the D.A. (correctly) assumes that Mike has been payed to amend his previous statement, Jimmy fakes outrage and escorts his client out. As they wait for the elevator, Jimmy assures Mike that he's doing the right thing. To illustrate his point, Jimmy explains that he once watched Tuco break two guys' legs. Offended, Mike tells Jimmy to take the next elevator.
As he returns to his car, Jimmy calls Kim to see if the offer from Schweikart and Cokely has been finalized. Kim says it hasn't, at least not until the interview. But Schweikert is promising to make her partner within two years.
Back at Davis & Main, Jimmy begins dictating a letter of resignation to Omar. Omar is a bit baffled that Jimmy is resigning, given how hard he's worked to get this far, given the perks. Omar points out that Jimmy's that he won't keep the bonus he got in his contract if he resigns within a year of employment. He can however keep the Bonus if he's fired without cause. Jimmy asks Omar to forget about the letter of resignation.
While Jimmy is driving home, he stops at a red light and happens to notice a skydancer in a colorful suit advertising for a business on the roadside. This gives Jimmy an idea.
First, Jimmy replaces his conservative legal wear with several suits of ugly, garish colors. He shows up the next day dressed in his new wear, introducing himself to everyone he can. He brings in a loud, bulky blender to the break room and proceeds to spray the entire room with ingredients while attempting to make a smoothie. He advises the custodian (from Michigan) on cleaning techniques in a Mexican accent, much to the man's annoyance. He fails to flush the toilets on a constant basis, and details a list of conservation concerns when Clifford relays a group complaint.
When Jimmy brings in a pair of bagpipes for "blowing off steam," Clifford summons him to his office. He announces to Jimmy that he has won and that he is fired. Clifford admits he knew what Jimmy was up to all along, and while he could fight him on the bonus situation, he will not as it's not worth his time. He begs Jimmy to tell him why he has been doing this as Davis and Main gave him everything he asked for, including his desk. Jimmy admits that he tried to fit in, but just couldn't, as he felt like a "square peg." When asked why he took the job then, Jimmy apologizes, and offers to write Clifford a check for the desk. Clifford says to take the desk and go. On his way out, Jimmy delivers a final parting shot: he grabs Erin's juice can from her hand and throws it in a non-recycling trash basket.
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- Jimmy: "Backwards only, solo backward-o, yeah? Because, uh, you've got suction that way, leverage. It's physics, el physico! Oh, Don Clifford wants his floors clean - limpio, limpar. Uh. ¿Comprende? "
- Jack: "Dude, I'm from Michigan. "
- Jimmy: "So you don't understand a word I've been saying. "
- —One of the misdeeds of Jimmy to succeed in being fired.
- Cliff Main: "Excuse me, can I have everyone's attention please? Everyone can hear me? Good. Frankly, this is not a conversation I ever thought I would have in my professional career. But it's been brought to my attention that we have an ongoing situation in the washroom. Someone is not flushing. Once is an accident, maybe even twice. Three times, nah, it's a pattern. Now I'm not here to shame anyone, nor do I even wanna know who did it, but..."
- Jimmy: "Uh, Cliff, it was me."
- Cliff Main: "Jimmy, I just said I didn't want to know!"
- Jimmy: "Hey, we need the water. I read somewhere the Santa Fe Watershed is down two full inches this year. Every time you flush a toilet, you waste a gallon of water. A gallon! What could be greener than this?"
- Cliff Main: "They're low-flow toilets, Jimmy! From now on, flush!"
- —Another of the misdeeds of Jimmy to succeed in being fired.
- Jimmy: "Hey, Cliff, for what it's worth, I think you're a good guy. "
- Clifford: "For what it's worth, I think you're an asshole."
- —Jimmy and Clifford Main after Jimmy has been fired
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